Tropical cocktail created by mixologists in the Mixology Center at the Institute of Culinary Education

Mixology Center

Training for Creative and Business-Minded Bartenders

From distillers to beer brewers to sommeliers, career paths for beverage professionals have experienced an incredible surge in popularity and prestige.

Among these beverage professionals, none have enjoyed a greater boost in “rock star” status than professional mixologists. Today, these creators of craft cocktails rank among the most celebrated leaders in the culinary community, bringing an incredible breadth of knowledge and skill to bar programs across the world.

When designing ICE’s New York City campus in Brookfield Place, we were committed to bringing both the business of running a bar and craft bar management to life for our career, professional and recreational students. Featuring a best-in-breed, mixologist-designed bar, our Mixology Center provides students with the ability to literally step into the shoes of the industry’s best bartenders.

The bar’s special features include professional quality, stainless steel underbar equipment, as well as high end glass rinsers and accommodations for certakegs (5 gallon refillable kegs) of cocktails, cider or beer. The ability to create draft cocktails, in particular, places ICE on the cutting edge and distinguishes our facility from other bar training programs.

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Anthony Caporale is the Director of Spirits Education and teaches cocktail classes at ICE

"Our primary goal was to provide students with a realistic environment in which to practice beverage program management and beverage service. We’re very proud to offer this replication of a professional bar, which is something you rarely see outside of dedicated bartending schools."

Anthony Caporale
ICE Director of Spirits Education

An Immersive Learning Experience

Restaurant management students learn to mix cocktails in ICE's professional Mixology Center

Hands-on Training for Students

For Restaurant & Culinary Management students, the mixology center bar provides hands-on training in beverage service. With a classroom ensuite, students can seamlessly transition from discussing beverage management and bar theft to a role-playing format where they experience these concepts firsthand. Students will also learn how to cost drinks based on the needs of their establishment and other key elements of a successful bar program.

Guests raise their glasses to toast at a cocktail party at the Institute of Culinary Education

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Whether for aspiring hospitality professionals, leading beverage brands or cocktail enthusiasts, the Mixology Center offers endless opportunities for industry events, immersive learning and experimentation. We look forward to sharing this growing sector of the hospitality industry with generations of students to come.

Take a Mixology Class

A couple learns to make a cocktail at ICE

ICE Happy Hour: Classic Cocktails

  • Thursday, September 6, 6:30-8pm
  • $70 • 1 session • Level 1

Instead of ordering a cocktail after work, why not come and learn to make it yourself? In just one and a half hours, you will prepare four classic drinks and take home recipes that will guarantee you'll never go thirsty again at cocktail time. On your drinks list: Classic Martinis and Manhattans (plus variations); the Old-Fashioned; and Ernest Hemingway's Daiquiri.

Mixers and garnishes for cocktails in glasses and carafes

Mixology Basics

  • Friday, September 14, 6:30-8:30pm
  • $95 • 1 session • Level 1

Take a crash course in the essentials of cocktail mixology, then recreate these classic drinks at home and at parties. We'll cover mixing, muddling, martinis, making your own sour mix, and more! Our instructors will lead you as you practice making (and consuming) cocktails including: Mint Julep; Gimlet; Margarita; and Gin & Tonic.

A bartender pours a drink

Bartending 101

  • Wednesdays, October 17-24, 6:30-8:30pm
  • $150 • 2 sessions • Level 1

Are you a working bartender looking to take your technique and product knowledge to the next level? Are you a cocktail aficionado who wants to learn how the pros make drinks? If you want a rock-solid foundation in the history, science, and skills behind professional mixology, this course is for you.

Craft beer in a growler for tasting at ICE

The Language of Craft Beer

  • Friday, September 28, 6:30-8:30pm
  • $80 • 1 session • Level 1

Learn all about the world of craft beers, from tasting and pairing to brewing methods, language, and more! Zach Mack, the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co., a craft beer store and bar in the East Village, will start with a discussion of different beer styles across the spectrum—bitter IPAs, sour goses, Berliner weisses, peppery saisons, toasty stouts, and much more. After a brief style history and an overview of the vernacular to describe them, we'll move on to food-pairing suggestions and samplings. Finally, we'll have a Q&A session to answer everything you always wanted to know about the world of craft beer drinking, brewing, and industry!